• Ontario
  • Elementary

R J Lang E&M School

Little Earth Monsters

“We love the Earth!”

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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For this challenge we read some books about the Earth and had a discussion about what the Earth likes and does not like. Then we watched a couple of short videos to help learn and explore the problems and benefits of renewable and non-renewable resources. Then students worked on writing sentences and put on their imagination hats and imagined they were the 'Earth' and we were asked to think and write of something they would like if they were Earth. We made posters and put them on our lockers (alongside our carbon footprint from a previous challenge) for other students and staff of our classroom community to read as they walk by our classroom to spark curiosity and change.

Buckle Up

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For this challenge, we started the discussion by investigating how we get to school and made a bar graph to see which is the most common way. Then, we took a second survey after some further exploration when the whole class was present the next day. We watched video clips and read stories and learned about what was the best way to get around for our bodies and environment. The students then made posters posted around the building encouraging the school community to walk, take the bus, carpool or ride their bike!

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Community Connections

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For this challenge we participated in Earth Day. All week leading up to it we engaged in conversations and explored books that help us better understand our Earth. Students learned a song and made a garland by repurposing newspaper.

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Do You Really Need It?

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We started the discussion by making a list of the things we need versus the things we want. The students came up with many great ideas. Some students volunteered to give up something at home that uses energy for a day and wrote about it. As a class, we decided to not use the projector and laptop where we normally play music, watch videos to exercise, read books, and explore for various lessons for one entire day. We talked about how the experience was for them. Many felt they didn't notice as they were happy to read paper books, sing songs, move our bodies, and explore hands on activities through centres.

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Game Time!

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Our class has learned the importance of food and why not creating food waste is so important. The students are becoming experts at sorting waste and know how to do it properly. We co-created waste posters to implement better habits. Students work together to figure out what goes where. For the challenge, we also played interactive games (drag and drop) and a Kahoot to review what they have learned! Students also explored games and activities at home online.

Get Growing

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For this challenge we explored how plants grow and get strong using books, videos, and personal experience/knowledge. We completed the photosynthesis labelling activity as a class. The students created parts of plants and labelled them. Students got to pick what kind of seeds they wanted to plant and we got our hands in the soil, a first experience for many of our students. Then we planted seeds and will take care of them until we can transplant them to our school garden. We used repurposed and upcycled items to make mini greenhouses!

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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For this challenge, we watched 'The Green Ninja' to help learn about what a carbon foot print is and how we can reduce it every single day. The students used re-purposed cardboard to trace their feet and to write down and draw ways they can reduce their carbon foot print.

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One Hour No Power

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Our class has been learning about saving energy since the school year started and all the little things we can do every single day. For example, in our Kindergarten class, we go outside rain or shine and learn in the great outdoors. We build snow castles, write in the snow, and pass chunks of ice. One student spotted woodpeckers the other day! We have large windows and try to use the natural light to engage in centre time play and table top activities as much as possible every single day. Some days our technology isn't working and we are forced to do something without it anyway!

Story Time

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For this challenge we read '10 Things I Can Do to Help My World'. We talked about as a class what we could do better at school and at home (e.g. water pollution, water waste, waste management). Then, they drew pictures and wrote/told what they could do to help their future selves. Attached are some samples of the letters.

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Take-Home

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Students were given a copy of the tracking sheet and were asked to complete it over March break or at their earliest convenience. Attached are some copies of some students tracking sheets!

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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For this challenge, we read The Earth Book by Todd Parr and started by discussing some of the ways we are already or what we can do to save energy. We talked about phantom power and what it is. The students then went on a scavenger hunt to find any possible sources of phantom power in our classroom. They found 2 and we marked them on our classroom map with phantoms. We discovered the walkie talkie charger and the light table could be unplugged! The students now have the information to survey their home for phantom power with the supervision of their parents.

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Tips and Tricks

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For this challenge, students made signs for our class to help everyone remember to turn off the lights.

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Video Challenge

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We made a video with all our favourite challenges!

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Water Works

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For this challenge, we started on World Water Day on March 22, 2022. We discussed water in a variety of ways and made the worksheet on chart paper and tracked our water use in class and at home as much as it is relevant to us in Kindergarten. We also used blue GOOS paper from our online learning time and made posters for our school on ways we can save water or ways in which we use/need water. We read books and talked about how water is used around the world.

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What’s For Lunch?

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For this activity, we opened up our kitchen centre once again and explore healthy eating through play based learning in our Kindergarten classroom. We also made a second centre to build a healthy meal using pictures. Then we looked up where our favourite foods are coming from.

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What’s Old is New Again

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We are constantly repurposing items and using recycled materials to learn in our class. So for this challenge, we made a shape tree! All of the materials are recycled/repurposed from other activities to create our latest class created 'poster'. We discussed why paper materials are so important and why we need to be mindful when using paper. That way, we can appreciate and care for the trees better and remember to use less paper products!

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Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 138,460 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 2,653 Hours of no power
take_home 107,182 Items Kept from Landfill